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Obama asks Congress for $5.6 billion to fight ISIL

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

WASHINGTON – President Obama has asked Congress to amend the 2015 budget to the tune of $5.6 billion dollars to help pay for the battle against the ISIL terrorist army, called Inherent Resolve.

The President also recently sent another 1,500 military personnel to Iraq to assist in the war.

The following is the letter President Obama sent to Congress Monday morning:

Dear Mr. Speaker:

I ask the Congress to consider the enclosed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget amendments for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of State and Other International Programs (State/OIP) to fund Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). These amendments would provide $5.6 billion for OCO activities to degrade and ultimately defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — including military operations as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Accordingly, this request would provide $5.0 billion for DOD OCO activities in addition to the $58.6 billion DOD OCO request I submitted to the Congress in June 2014, and would result in a total DOD OCO request for FY 2015 of $63.6 billion. This amount is $15.8 billion less than the $79.4 billion placeholder for DOD OCO in the FY 2015 Budget. The request would also provide $520 million for State/OIP OCO activities, which is in addition to the $7.3 billion I requested for State/OIP OCO activities in the FY 2015 Budget and the June budget amendment.

The approach to counter ISIL has evolved with emerging requirements identified subsequent to the June OCO amendment, and therefore not previously requested. These amendments include the additional funding necessary to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

The details of these amendments are set forth in the enclosed letter from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.


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Why doesn’t he just get out his Executive Order pens and do it himself?

Congress should pay for it. Not U.S taypayers.

Not only money, that we don’t have, but lives, something more valuable then money. I wonder if this president realizes how much of our tax money he has given away since in office. Most of it to countries that would rather cut our heads off then look at us.

This president has saved millions of dollars by getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. If he wouldn’t have done this, all you who dislike him would be screaming how bad of a president he is because he refused to do anything about ISIL. Get real.

@bodacious-What does your comment have to do with Iraq paying their share to defend their own country? Do you really have a problem with them paying for at least our cost?

Not at all LVS. I really think our outgoing monies should be drastically cut. We have enough problems here at home where the money could be put to better use.

@bodacious-I agree with you on your comment.

Screw this. Let Iraq pay for it. It is their country. If we are training them and using our resources to help them out then let them foot the bill. We have already spent way to much money on that hell hole.

I agree LVS, we have not asked for a penny from them so far and they proved they were not able to fight on their own, let them pay us to be there, there is plenty of oil money in that country.

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